Tavares and who else? Top names to watch in free agency
The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency.
John Tavares this year is considered a top target, assuming the Islanders and their new leaders can’t persuade the 27-year-old center to stay with the franchise that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2009.
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said the Tavares situation is holding back other free agents, not knowing how high he will set the bar for salaries, and delaying trades. “I think it’s holding up the hockey world a certain amount,” Hextall said.
Some other names to watch ahead of free agency, which begins Sunday: